Harold “Hackie” Reitman MD: Professional Boxer

Harold “Hackie” Reitman, M.D. has the unusual distinction of combining a distinguished medical career as an orthopedic surgeon with an admirable record in the ring as a professional heavyweight fighter, known as the “boxing doctor.” Hackie Reitman won the 1971 Lowell New England Golden Heavyweight Gloves Championship during his first year of medical school at Boston University.

He did not turn professional, however, until 1988 at age 38, following the life saving surgery his daughter Rebecca survived at the age of four. As a way of giving back, Hackie donated all his purses to children’s charities, and compiled a record of 13 wins (11 by KO), 7 losses, and 6 draws.

In 1991, he fought a televised 10 round bout against Tim Anderson for the NBA Independent Continental Cruiserweight Championship, knocking his opponent down twice in the ninth round.  Hackie Reitman’s last professional fight was in 2002 at age 52 in a scheduled 10 rounder, which he won by  knockout in the third round against a two time Golden Gloves champion. He has also sparred with 38 world champions and numerous boxing legends in his many decades in the ring, including Emile Griffith, Roberto Duran, Pinklon Thomas, Michael Nunn,Hector Macho Camacho, Freddie Pendleton, Leslie Stewart, Trevor Berbick, and Tim Witherspoon, to name a few.

A product of the 5th St. Gym, Hackie Reitman  was trained by his mentor and friend, fellow inductee into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame, Tommy Torino, and is producing a documentary film about another longtime friend and Florida Boxing Hall of Famer, Angelo Dundee. In 2002, he was inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame and, in 2011, he was inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame. He continues his work for children with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County, and other children’s causes, as well as serving as a goodwill ambassador for boxing.

Dr. Harold Reitman Discussing Boxing

The “Fighting Surgeon” Hackie Reitman, the pro-heavyweight orthopedic surgeon, talks to Spencer on NBC’s Good Morning America.

Dr. Hackie Reitman, Pre-fight Interview

Profile of “boxing surgeon” Harold ‘Hackie’ Reitman, M.D. as he prepares for an upcoming fight against Roberto “hands of Stone” Duran in a 1991 exhibition benefiting a Florida charity for sick children.

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